'''José Maria de Eça de Queiroz'''
[His last name was officially spelled "Queiroz"; as Queirós is the most common spelling nowadays, the author is sometimes referred to as "'''Eça de Queirós'''"]
(; 25 November 1845 – 16 August 1900) is generally considered to be the greatest Portuguese writer in the Literary realism|realist
[[http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2000/dec/23/biography1 Pick of the week - Consul yourself], Nicholas Lezard, ''The Guardian'', 23 December 2000] Émile Zola|Zola
considered him to be far greater than Gustave Flaubert|Flaubert
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